Hackers group DERP has been continuously attacking various game servers since Monday. Their DDoS attacks have put many known servers offline for a period of time. League of Legends and Dota 2 servers were just the start of what evolved into one of the biggest DDoS attacks.
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DERP claimed credits for DDoS attacks on popular online game servers League of Legends, stating they done it for “the lulz”. Since then things seemed a little personal as they kept attacking every game that professional gamer PhantomL0rd, James Varga, was streaming on Twitch.tv. PhantomLord shared his views about the outages with 367,000 followers on Twitch and it all started to look rather nasty.
The hacker group even posted PhantomL0rd’s personal information online, including his home address. Apparently they reported a hostage situation which resulted in police knocking on a gamer’s door.
"Just had an automatic pointed at me, put in hand cuffs and sat in the back of a cop car as I watched as 6 policemen go through my whole house," Varga posted on Facebook. "Will keep you all updated." The gamer also posted a picture of what he described as the arresting police officers on his Facebook page, and few other images of his alleged arrest which happened during his Twitch stream on Monday. The Los Angeles Police Department hasn't provided any information just yet.
Varga was released as soon as it became clear that the call was a prank.
League of Legends is the most popular game on Twitch with participants being considered a professional athletes. Outages on its servers have started early Monday morning across Europe and the U.S. By the end of the day Asian servers were suffering attacks as well.
The reason why DERP targeted PhantomL0rd is quite clear, the fact that this gamer covered the original attacks against the “League of Legends” in his live streaming. He tried to communicate to the hackers. Meanwhile DERP launched DDoS attacks on various gaming servers including Electronic Arts, Battle.net from Blizzard Entertainment, Reddit, and the social network Club Penguin. Along with these services, DERP attacked popular games such as Dota 2 and Quake Live.
DERP’s Twitter account is full of messages about gaming servers that were under the DDoS attacks. Their latest one was Minecraft.net which is the home of the famous Minecraft game. Not only game servers were targeted. One Baptist church site suffered an outage as well.
DERP was taking requests on their Twitter account, and over the phone. Basically anyone could have been a target. If someone asked for your website to be taken down for a while and it could have happened. It started with PhantomL0rd, but evolved into something much bigger. Whether hackers just wanted to show what they could do with little effort, or something else is still not known.
Last DDoS attack was on Minecraft servers, 8 hours ago, and things seem to be calm at the moment. Rust game servers have been under DDoS attacks for days now.
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